Thursday, February 16, 2017

My Holy Discontent

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We talked a lot at church over the course of the past few months at church about something called our Holy Discontent. Bill Hybels wrote a book by that same name and discusses doing that one thing that just pushes you.

Popeye is attributed to a quote that says, "That's all I can stands. I can't stands no more." Basically, I have had enough! I must run after that thing and minister in that area or I may literally burst.

On Sunday nights in January, dad preached a series about finding our discontent, fueling it, and chasing after it.

I really think I have two Holy Discontents and thought that I might share them with you:

1. Discipleship

My heart's desire is to help those who already follow Jesus to chase after Him desperately, so that they can grow in Him and lead others to follow Jesus as well. 

2 Timothy 2:2 says, "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also". I truly believe this verse is my life's mission. I have a passion for this for all people, but especially for women. We need to learn. We need mentoring. We need Jesus, and we need to chase after Him together. Growing people up in Christ to become effective sharers, missionaries, teachers, leaders, and witnesses has been a passion of mine since college, and it tears me apart to see people stay in the same place for any length of time.

Growth and development is crucial in all walks of life...but especially your Christian walk. 
Here's the funny thing about what I'm about to tell you in regard to my second Holy Discontent...up until about 2 years ago, I would've said, "It is just not my passion to do the missions part. I will do it because I was commanded, but I really feel like my part is taking those new believers and helping them grow up into what God would have them to be." 

And yet...two years ago, my perspective was changed a little bit.

Our church began a partnership with an organization called ReVision in the Dominican Republic. Their mission is to change the vision (get it) of people there to realize that they have worth, they are loved by God, they can escape the generational poverty, they have purpose, and they can have an eternity in heaven and an abundant life here on earth. 

I love this so much.

Strangely, I went because it seemed like a neat opportunity...and I couldn't not go. My heart was pricked to the point of no return. I was locked in as soon as the trip was announced. The Holy Spirit was preparing my 2nd Holy Discontent without me even

2. International Missions and Discipleship
I combine the two because I think having a connection with an organization and with the local churches in the Dominican are so crucial. Winning people to the Lord and then leaving them to "figure it out" has always been a major issue of mine with missions.

I love so much that ReVision wants to win the lost, build them up, and send them out as leaders and missionaries. It is the philosophy I fell in love with during college with Cru, the one our church (Calvary) holds tightly to (Knowing, Growing, Going), and the one that drives my Holy Discontent.

Scripture tells us in Matthew 28, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..."
It doesn't say go on a trip, win a few, and peace out. 

My heart burns for the women and teens of the DR. They need hope. They need Jesus. And they need us to show Him to them. 

Last July, I was very pregnant and Zika was a very real I sent my husband and all of my family and prayed like crazy for the work being done that week. It broke my heart to not see my Dominican friends and not to have a hand (physically) in what was going on there.

Dad and Micah went back in January with several friends from church and another group we join and were able to minister even further.
 My heart has a chunk in the DR and I can't wait to go back in July. I know my girl will be loved on by family at home, and I get the opportunity to love on some sweet Dominican people.

My Holy Discontents really combine with one another .... growing young believers to be lovers of Jesus and lovers of sharing Jesus with their friends....whether it be here in the US or Internationally.

I can't stand it anymore...and I will do everything in God's power in my life to work toward building women and men of Christ who can "tell others also" (2 Tim 2:2).

So...what is it?
What is your Holy Discontent?
What can't you stand any more?

Chase it with your whole heart. 

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